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Following the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership in Scotland, spouses have an obligation to support each other financially, based on what is reasonable in the circumstances. This form of financial support is known as aliment. Aliment is onl
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The breakdown of a relationship, whether parties are married, in a civil partnership or a cohabiting couple is a very challenging time for all involved.  All parties must consider the financial implications of their separation and how the arrang
The idea of divorce can be daunting, however, we offer a compassionate and efficient service which helps clients through this process. What are the grounds for divorce? In Scotland, if your marriage has broken down irretrievably and there is no prosp
Our previous blog covered Cohabitation Agreements and the protection that they afford cohabiting couples in the event of separation. Another area which we felt it was useful to consider is what happens to joint property in the event of a cohabiting c
Under the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 a cohabiting couple is defined as “a couple who live together as if they were husband or wife” or “civil partners.” It is increasingly common for couples to cohabit with their partners, rather than enter into
It has been proving difficult for many parents to keep up-to-date with the ever-changing Government guidelines and regulations, as the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions have evolved.  These issues raise particular concerns for parents
We are all living in uncertain times due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. One concern that may be affecting many people is the realisation that they are unhappy in their relationship, whether this be with their spouse, civil partner or
Previously in Scotland, under s.16 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1985 the Sheriff, when determining an order in relation to a child, was expected to consider the views of the child taking into account their age and maturity.  A child of twelve
A common matter for parties to consider prior entering into marriage or a Civil Partnership is how they can protect their assets in the unfortunate event that they separate at a later date. This may seem like an unromantic approach, but entering into
In child related matters the views of the children require to be taken into account by courts, if it is appropriate to do so. As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak in March, unfortunately the Scottish Courts have only been in a position to progress ur
A recent People Management and CIPD survey revealed that a quarter of UK employers expect to make permanent redundancies in response to the coronavirus crisis. At the same time, more than half are predicted to furlough staff members. Government help
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